# Symbolic solution not fully solved?

I'm not a mathematician, and only barely literate as a programmer, so please excuse me if I've overlooked something simple.

I'm using sage to make plots to help in the design of heating elements.

For the first iteration of my solution I could solve/check everything by hand but when trying to include load dependent voltage sag the equations became unwieldy and I want to use sage to symbolically solve the equations involved.

For most of the equations I've entered, when I use "solve" on the symbolic expression it places the element that I wanted to solve for on the lhs of the equation, followed by an expression completely devoid of that term on the rhs. This is what I want.

E.g.:

```
Rl,Rp,W,Vb,Rho,L,r,pi,F = var('Rl,Rp,W,Vb,Rho,L,r,pi,F')
eq42 = solve((Vb^2 * Rl)/(Rp + Rl)^2 == W, Rl)
eq42
```

yields:

```
[Rl == 1/2*(Vb^2 - 2*Rp*W - sqrt(Vb^2 - 4*Rp*W)*Vb)/W, Rl == 1/2*(Vb^2 - 2*Rp*W + sqrt(Vb^2 - 4*Rp*W)*Vb)/W]
```

However for one equation it left a term that it "solved for" on the rhs. Does this mean that the equation can't be solved? Because these are physical, highly predictable systems I find that hard to believe, but I don't see another explanation?

E.g.:

```
eq72 = solve(1/2*(Vb^2 - 2*Rp*W + sqrt(Vb^2 - 4*Rp*W)*Vb)*pi*r^2/(Rho*W) == W/(F * 2
* pi * r), W)
```

yields:

```
[W == -(F*Rp*pi^2*r^3 + sqrt(F^2*Rp^2*pi^2*r^4 + F*Rho*Vb^2*r + sqrt(Vb^2 - 4*Rp*W)*F*Rho*Vb*r)*pi*r)/Rho, W == -(F*Rp*pi^2*r^3 - sqrt(F^2*Rp^2*pi^2*r^4 + F*Rho*Vb^2*r + sqrt(Vb^2 - 4*Rp*W)*F*Rho*Vb*r)*pi*r)/Rho]
```

Which is a symbolic expression that still depends on the "solved for" variable?! Is this behavior a bug? Am I missing something? Is this equation simply lacking a solution?

Thank you for your time